Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and the Pastoral Imagination / Edition 1

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Based on extensive literary and field research involving surveys, classroom observations, and interviews with faculty, students, and administrators in Roman Catholic, mainline and evangelical Protestant, and Reform and Conservative Jewish seminaries, Educating Clergy explores the influence of their historic traditions and academic settings in contemporary classroom and communal pedagogies. The book describes elements in classroom pedagogies shared across these religious traditions that distinctively integrate the cognitive, practical, and normative apprenticeships to be found in all forms of professional education.

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Charles Foster is a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation, directing the Study on the Clergy as part of the Preparation for the Professions Program. He has been a professor of religion and education at the Candler School of Theology and is also an ordained United Methodist.

Lisa Dahill is a research scholar with the Carnegie Foundation Clergy Study. She received her M.Div from the Lutheran Church in America and a Ph.D in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union. Dahill is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Lawrence A. Golemon is a research consultant.

Barbara Wang Tolentino is a research assistant.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Educating clergy : a distinctive challenge 20
2 Common profession, diverse practices 39
3 Pedagogies of interpretation 70
4 Pedagogies of formation 100
5 Pedagogies of contextualization 127
6 Pedagogies of performance 156
7 Traditions of seminary education and the pastoral imagination 190
8 Continuity and change in the traditions of seminary education 235
9 Cultivating spiritual practices for clergy leadership 272
10 Cultivating professional practices : field education 296
11 Teaching toward integration : cultivating the pastoral, priestly, or rabbinic imagination 329
12 An invitation to conversation 355
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